Fifth Annual CITGO Fueling Education Program Drives Importance of STEM and Classroom Creativity

K-8 educators have opportunity to win STEM-related prizes in partnership with ‘America’s Science Teacher’ Steve Spangler
Aug 24, 2017 10:50 AM ET

HOUSTON, August 24, 2017 /3BL Media/ – CITGO Petroleum Corporation invites elementary and middle public school teachers to enter its fifth annual Fueling Education Program, focusing on the importance of engaging young students in the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Now through September 9, public school teachers in grades K – 8 are encouraged to visit for the chance to win STEM-related prizes to benefit their classrooms and schools, including the Grand Prize of an in-school teacher training session with ‘America’s Science Teacher,’ best-selling author, and Emmy-award winning television personality, Steve Spangler.  

To enter, teachers can visit to share their favorite STEM teaching ideas or lesson plans through a brief description, photo, and/or video, for the chance to receive one of the following: 

  • Three Grand Prize winners will receive an in-school teacher training workshop led by Steve Spangler, with the opportunity to invite up to 99 other fellow teachers from the winning teacher’s home district to attend and learn STEM-related topics, lessons and activities to engage their students. Each Grand Prize winner will also receive a $5,000 voucher to purchase classroom supplies from National School Supply.
  • Ninety First Prize winners will receive a $1,000 voucher from National School Supply and a subscription to the Steve Spangler Online Learning Academy ($250 value).

“I am thrilled to partner again this year with CITGO and the Fueling Education program to work with hundreds of teachers on STEM-focused lessons and experiences for students,” said Steve Spangler. “The growing focus on STEM allows us, as educators, to create ideas and projects that inspire students to think differently as they explore their unlimited potential as future scientists and engineers.”

Upon entering the sweepstakes, teachers can download CITGO STEM lessons, posters, teaching guides and student take-home content. Those K – 8 public school teachers in the 29 states in which CITGO operates, as well as the District of Columbia, are eligible to enter. 

Throughout the past four years, the CITGO Fueling Education program has contributed new school supplies to hundreds of teachers. To enter and learn more about the program and for the official rules, visit

About Steve Spangler 
Steve Spangler is a best-selling author, educator, entrepreneur and Emmy award-winning science communicator who finds the most creative ways to make science fun. His videos featured on YouTube have more than 200 million views, and his online experiments are widely used by parents and educators to increase student engagement and inspire young scientists to learn more about STEM-based careers. Steve is probably best known for using YouTube as his classroom to teach millions of people how to turn a bottle of soda and a roll of Mentos into an erupting soda geyser. Spangler is a frequent guest on the Ellen DeGeneres Show where she dubbed him “America’s Science Teacher…because his creativity and sense of fun are inspiring the next generation of STEM leaders.” For more, visit or   

About CITGO 
CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of locally owned stations. CITGO Marketers and Retailers own and operate more than 5,300 CITGO locations and are proud to support their communities. For more information on the positive impact of the locally owned CITGO stations, visit

CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit